Good quick read, but felt something lacking.

Holly Roberts

4 Stars

September 14, 2012

Joe Kissack's life is spiraling out of control, and he doesn't even know it. What starts as a search for success seems to become an existence where he wouldn't know how to live without his job, or alcohol. The addictions become worse once he discovers pain pills though. Carmen, his wife, kids, coworkers, and friends all notice how his life is spiraling out of control, and know he needs rescuing. There is only one thing that can rescue Kissack from the downward spiral. While Kissack finds himself in this struggle, there are three fisherman who've just survived a rough stretch at sea whose life will become mingled with his.

Considering we are in the end of National Suicide Prevention Week it seems fitting this book would come along. I think it deals with hitting rock bottom in life, and then ultimately thinking there is no place else to go but death. Joe Kissack finds his life being put in this situation. He seems to be living the American dream at first in a life that anyone would want. He works in television, marries in his twenties, begins a family, has a house, makes great money, but there is something missing. There is the constant need for approval from his father, the building dependency on alcohol, and pressure to continue getting to the next level, which leads him to ultimately collapsing.

I've had an extremely bad week to be honest, so reading about a guy who had probably bad weeks after another I felt at least I was in similar company this week while reading. Now the book seems confusing at first because on one hand you're reading about this successful guy in America, and then these guys on a boat stranded from Mexico. As the story builds though I can reassure any other readers it feels tied together. Even without explanation you just feel it all tying together as they both find the salvation they need.

I think for those in a similar situation the story of the fishermen lost at sea, and Kissack can be inspiring. I didn't exactly feel inspired myself, but I did feel comforted. Though it starts rough it ends up to be a great feel good kind of book. The sudden change Kissack makes almost made me wonder if he had bi-polar disorder. It turns out he didn't.

The Fourth Fisherman is a steady good book, and it can be a cushion for those in similar situations. It's a quick read also, so I enjoyed that too. Kissack's story has a lot of turns in it also to keep you wondering where it was going. Even after you know the fishermen and Kissack are related you want to keep reading just to see what happens when it comes all together. It's a good redemptive story about a man finding salvation in Christ. You can check it out at Amazon.

Rating 4 of 5.

This book was provided by Waterbrook Publishing in exchange for a review.